There was tension and chaos at the Nkwo Market in Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Thursday, as soldiers stormed the area and started shooting sporadically into the air.
This is following the reported killing of five soldiers and two civilians by some yet-to-be-identified gunmen in the area on Wednesday.
The soldiers were said to mobilise troops to the community in reaction to the killings which occurred in the area, where the hoodlums laid an ambush on the soldiers while on routine patrol duties.
It was gathered that tension was heightened upon the invasion of the military men as they shot in the air while ordering the traders to close their shops.
The action caused pandemonium as everybody scampered to safety while schools in the area quickly closed as parents withdrew their children. The roads, within a few minutes, were equally deserted.
According to a source in the area, the traders were already set for business for the day before a group of heavily armed soldiers stormed the market and shut down the market with rains of gunshots fired into the air, commanding everybody to pack and go home.
The source further revealed that the order recorded immediate total compliance as the crowdy market became empty.
A top member of the community told journalists that the soldiers had opened fire on his people when they stormed the crime scene at about 3:00pm, injuring some of the residents.
“We understand that they did that to mourn their members who were killed yesterday. They are feeling that something like that happened just yesterday, and today, people came out to trade at the market. Those people killed are all human beings, and their souls deserve some level of respect,” the source said.
When contacted, the state police spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the information had not got to the command.
“Although no arrest has been made yet as regards the incident of Wednesday, the situation there is calm now as security operatives are on patrol and restoring normalcy in the area,” Ikenga added.
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A 53-year-old man, who produces bulletproof charms for terrorists and criminals in Katsina State, is now helping the police with more information on his activities.
SP Gambo Isah, the State PPRO confirmed to newsmen that the suspect resides on Maiduguri Road in Sabuwa Local Government Area in the State.
He added that on Saturday, 26th November, 2022, following a tip-off, the suspect was apprehended by the police in Katsina.
The PPRO further explained that the bulletproof charm is sold to terrorists and other criminals in Zamfara, Kaduna and Katsina States for N60,000 per piece.
He added that the suspect was arrested with four bulletproof charms enveloped in jackets.
The suspect, according to Isah, also confessed that he offered prayers regularly for bandits for successful operations, against being arrested or harmed by security agents.
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A top commander of the Islamic State West Africa Province, Muhammad Malik, has been reportedly killed by men of the Air Task Force in the Lake Chad region.
Malik died on November 29 following the fatal injuries he sustained during an airstrike by the task force, The Cable quoted Zagazola Makama, a publication focused the region, as saying.
Malik was a member of the Shura Council in Marte before going for a course in ISIS-sponsored Computer Engineering and improvised explosive device making in Somalia.
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He reportedly established IED training units where fighters were trained in deploying explosives during attacks on his return.
Recently, there have been records of successes in the Nigerian military’s campaign against insurgency and terrorism in the Lake Chad region and some northern states.
The Nigerian troops, in a coordinated intelligence-led aerial and ground operation and targeting the location of the terrorists in the Sabon Tumbun area of Lake Chad on November 24, killed scores of fighters.
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The Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday said it had arrested a 23-year-old native doctor, Odoh Emmanuel, for allegedly shooting and killing his client, Onunze Benedict, while testing gunshot charms at his shrine in the Umuaram area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, in a statement, said 16 other suspects were arrested for various offences ranging from conspiracy, armed robbery, abduction, unlawful possession of firearms among others.
According to the statement, Emmanuel, after committing the crime, was arrested after the case was reported to the Isi-Uzo Police Division.
Ndukwe said the suspect, during interrogation, confessed to have used a locally-fabricated single-barrelled gun to shoot and kill Benedict at his shrine in Umuaram community, while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him.
“The gun has been recovered, while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department Enugu,” the PPRO said.
Meanwhile, Ndukwe said the 16 other suspects were arrested for offences of conspiracy, armed robbery, car snatching, abduction and unlawful possession of firearms.
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He added that two firearms, one live cartridge, three mock guns, a Sino truck loaded with 789 bags of cement, mobile phones, ATM Cards, pieces of wrappers, clothes and other incriminating exhibits, were recovered from them.
Ndukwe also confirmed the arrest of the following male suspects, Everest Ayokalam, 48, Anayo Akakem, 33, Iwuanyanwu Kelechi, 32, Uchenna Iwuoha, aka Uchewinde, 47, and Gospel Nnorom 32, for involving in a case of conspiracy, armed robbery, abduction and attempted murder.
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